Origin of axial
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Because there is the luminous ensemble of Sigmar Polke entitled Axial Ages.Treasures From the Pinault Collection
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The storm was probably caused by the axial rotation of Wandl.Wandl the Invader
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This axial stripe is seen equally well in fishes and reptiles.Colouration in Animals and Plants
The spicula are quite smooth, as in the similar Sphrozoum ovodimare (in which, however, the axial rod is much longer).
The spiral wings of the transverse girdle of about the same breadth as the eight internal gates between them and the axial beams.
The spiral wings of the transverse girdle about half as broad as the eight internal gates between them and the axial beams.
- relating to, forming, or characteristic of an axis
- situated in, on, or along an axis
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Word Origin and History for axial
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- Relating to or characterized by an axis; axile.
- Relating to or situated in the head and trunk region of the body.
- Relating to or parallel with the long axis of a tooth.
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- An imaginary line around which an object rotates. In a rotating sphere, such as the Earth and other planets, the two ends of the axis are called poles. The 23.45° tilt of the Earth's axis with respect to the plane of its orbit around the Sun causes the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to point toward and away from the Sun at different times of the year, creating seasonal patterns of weather and climate. Other planets in the solar system have widely varying tilts to their axes, ranging from near 0° for Mercury to 177° for Venus.
- A line, ray, or line segment with respect to which a figure or object is symmetrical.
- A reference line from which distances or angles are measured in a coordinate system, such as the x-axis and y-axis in the Cartesian coordinate system.
- Anatomy The second cervical vertebra, which serves as a pivot for the head.
- Botany The main stem or central part of a plant or plant part, about which other plant parts, such as branches or leaflets, are arranged.
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